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Quiztopher Columbus - General quiz


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General quiz hosted at iRunway India Private Limited on 25th January on the eve of Republic day.

A little tougher from the past quizzes. Also had to delete a few questions from the upload version due to file size restrictions of the site.

Quiztopher Columbus - General quiz

  2. 2. Infinite Bounce • + 10 for direct answer as well as passes• +5 for partial answers (Infinite Bounce will continue from where the last part of the question was answered) • The first answer by any team-member will be considered as final • If no team is able to answer a question, the next question will start with (n+1)th team, if we started current question with nth team• Direction of quiz reverses mid-way. After reversing, we will start from the team with the lowest total, irrespective of where the last question finished • - 20 for speaking out of turn
  3. 3. The past quizzes have seen almost all thequestions being answered by the first team itselfIt was surprising to see people attempting the 20 pointers in the last quiz like it was child’s play So, please don’t complain, if this one is a little bit on the difficult side 
  4. 4. 1. AbracadabraWho has authored the following books? • Break with a Banshee • Gadding with Ghouls • Holidays with Hags • Marauding with Monsters • Travels with Trolls • Voyages with Vampires • Wanderings with Werewolves • Year with the Yeti
  5. 5. Answer• Gilderoy LockhartThe professor for Defense against dark arts inHarry Potter 2
  6. 6. 2. A _______, also known as an outtake or boner is ashort sequence of a film or video production, usually adeleted scene, containing a mistake made by a memberof the cast or crew.It also refers to an error made during a live radio or TVbroadcast or news report, usually in terms ofmisspoken words or technical errors.The term was popularized in the 1950s in a series ofrecord albums entitled Pardon My _______, in whichthe definition is given thusly by the record seriesnarrator: "Unintended indiscretions before microphoneand camera.“ Fill in the blanks
  7. 7. Answer• Blooper
  8. 8. 3. 24 | SarcomaPazuzu is often depicted as acombination of animal andhuman parts with its right handpointing upwards and its lefthand downwards. It has thebody of a man, the head of alion or dog, eagle-like talonedfeet, two pairs of wings, and ascorpions tail.He was made famous in 1971by William Peter Blatty and in1973 by William Friedkin. How?
  9. 9. Answer• Exorcist
  10. 10. 4. Espanol!The word X originated from the Mayan-Indianword for smoking. However, the word itself, andvariations on it, did not come into general useuntil 1730.Two of the largest producers of X are Atladis, acompany based in ‘Spain’ and ‘Swedish Match’.X’s outermost leaves come from the widest partof the plant and the color is often used todescribe X – ranging from Double Claro, Claro,Colorado, Maduro, Oscuro etc. What is X?
  11. 11. Answer• Cigar
  12. 12. 5. A _______ provides information which is needed tomanage organizations effectively and efficiently. It involvesthree primary resources: people, technology and information.It is used to analyze operational activities in the organization.Today, the term is used broadly in a number of contexts andincludes (but is not limited to): decision support systems,resource and people management applications, enterpriseresource planning (ERP), enterprise performancemanagement (EPM), supply chain management (SCM),customer relationship management (CRM), projectmanagement and database retrieval applications.FITB with the name of a software which you are ‘forced’ touse daily.
  13. 13. Answer• MIS (iRunway specific question)
  14. 14. 7. Name the device whose working is explainedbelow.a) Any detected ethanol is oxidized into acetic acid at AnodeCH3CH2OH(g) + H2O(l) → CH3CO2H(l) + 4H+(aq) + 4e-b) At the cathode, oxygen is reducedO2(g) + 4H+(aq) + 4e- → 2H2O(l)c) The overall reaction is the oxidation of ethanol to acetic acid and waterCH3CH2OH(l) + O2(g) → CH3COOH(l) + H2O(l)The electrical current produced by this reaction ismeasured by a microprocessor, and displayed as anapproximation of overall BAC.
  15. 15. Answer• Breath Analyzer
  16. 16. 8. X is a famous novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. Itwas instantly successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, andhas become a classic of modern American literature. Theplot and characters are loosely based on the authorsobservations of her family and neighbours, as well as onan event that occurred near her hometown in 1936,when she was 10 years old.The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despitedealing with the serious issues of rape and racialinequality. The narrators father, Atticus Finch, has servedas a moral hero for many readers.X was made into a successful movie, which currentlyfigures in the IMDB Top 250. What is X?
  17. 17. Answer• To kill a mockingbird
  18. 18. 9. When Indian forces drove away the Portuguesefrom this colony, it became in the eyes of internationallaw, an independent country.The residents of the colony requested the Governmentof India for administrative help. Mr. K.G. Badlani, anofficer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) wassent as the administrator. In 1961, Mr. Badlani was, forone day, designated the Prime Minister of the‘country’, so that, as Head of State, he could sign anagreement with the Prime Minister of India, JawaharlalNehru, and formally merge the ‘country’ with theRepublic of India. Identify this former Portuguese colony.
  19. 19. Answer• Dadar and Nagar Haveli
  20. 20. 10. One of the majorobjectives of LHC experimentat CERN is to demonstratethe existence of anelementary particle, theWikipedia summary of whichis shown here.What are we talking about?
  21. 21. Answer• Higgs Boson
  22. 22. • 11. A ______ is a batter or dough-based cake cooked in a ______ iron patterned to give a distinctive and characteristic shape. There are many variations based on the type and shape of the iron and the recipe used.• _______ are eaten throughout the world, particularly in Belgium and the United States.• Common toppings are strawberries, chocolate, sugar, honey, syrups, ice cream, and more. Fill in the blanks
  23. 23. Answer• Waffles
  24. 24. 12. Connect (5 clue groups in all)
  25. 25. Answer• Indian currency notes
  26. 26. 13. Travelers diarrhea or travellers diarrhoea (TD) is themost common illness affecting travelers. An estimated 10million people—20% to 50% of international travelers—develop it annually. TD is defined as three or moreunformed stools in 24 hours passed by a traveler,commonly accompanied by abdominal cramps, nausea,and bloating.There are a number of colloquialisms for travelersdiarrhea contracted in various localities, such as"Montezumas revenge" in Mexico; and "mummystummy" in Egypt.In India, it is known as _____, which is also the name of asuccessful Bollywood movie. Fill in the blanks
  27. 27. Answer• Delhi Belly
  28. 28. 14. Identify the speaker of this historic speech and the event he is talking about? (5 marks for each)
  29. 29. Answer• John F Kennedy, Cuban Missile Crisis
  30. 30. 15. Identify this famous rockstar • Born: November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington • Ancestry: Mostly African American, part Cherokee • Died: Kensington, London at the age of 27 • Occupations: Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist • Labels: RSVP, Track, Barclay, Polydor, Repsrise, Capitol, MCA
  31. 31. Answer• Jimi Hendrix
  32. 32. 16. On September 16, 2009, Google acquired asystem that is currently digitizing the archives ofThe New York Times and books from Google Books.The system was developed by a Carnegie MellonUniversity professor, Luis von Ahn, who realized "hehad unwittingly created a system that was fritteringaway, in ten-second increments, millions of hours ofa most precious resource: human brain cycles.“Name this public Turing test system whose primarypurpose is to prevent automated access to a systemby computer bots.
  33. 33. Answer• reCaptcha
  34. 34. 17. Originally developed by a Russian programmer,Alexey Pajitnov, X was first released on June 6,1984. He derived the name from a Greek numericalprefix and the name of his favorite sport.X is available for nearly every video game consoleand computer operating system, as well as ondevices such as graphing calculators, mobilephones, portable media players, PDAs, Networkmusic players and even as an Easter egg on non-media products like oscilloscopes.Name the product X which has sold over 70 million copies till date.
  35. 35. Answer• Tetris
  36. 36. 18. Connect
  37. 37. Answer• 26/11 attacks• Clockwise from top left – Oberoi, Taj, Nariman house, Leopold café, Mumbai CST
  38. 38. 19. A specialized agency of the United Nationscame into being on July 14, 1967. Its goals areto administer the acts of the Berne Conventionand the Paris Convention.It currently has 184 member states, administers24 international treaties, and is headquarteredin Geneva. On October 1, 2008, the helm of thisagency was passed to Francis Gurry. Name this famous UN agency.
  39. 39. Answer• WIPO
  40. 40. 20. What are the following the variants of?• Draw• Stud• Omaha• Lowball• High-low split• Anaconda• Twist• Razz
  41. 41. Answer• Poker
  42. 42. 21. Identify this flower
  43. 43. Answer• Rafflesia
  44. 44. 22. Give the most famous of thesefamous group of surnames.McCormick, Marsh, Broflovsky and_______ ?
  45. 45. Answer• Cartman
  46. 46. 23. This famous electronic instrumental themefrom the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop performedby Harold Faltermeyer is named after the leadcharacter’s name (played by Eddie Murphy). Ittopped musical charts in 1985 and remains apopular remix track. Mixes of this song toppedEuropean pop charts in 2003, and again in 2005as the Crazy Frog song. What is this song knownas?
  47. 47. Answer• Axel F
  48. 48. 24. Whose discography is show below? Year Album 1990 MCMXC a.D. 1993 The Cross of Changes 1996 Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi! 2000 The Screen Behind the Mirror 2003 Voyageur 2006 A posteriori 2008 Seven Lives Many Faces
  49. 49. Answer• Enigma
  50. 50. 25. Originally titled Insomnia Cafe, thistelevision show created by David Crane andMarta Kauffman has garnered fans round theworld.The series finale (the 236th episode), airing onMay 6, 2004, was watched by 51.1 millionAmerican viewers, making it the fourth mostwatched series finale in television history andthe most watched episode of the decade. Name this famous series.
  51. 51. Answer• Friends
  52. 52. 26. Zyklon B is a cyanide-based pesticideconsisting of hydrogen cyanide (prussic acid), astabilizer, a warning odorant methyl 2-bromoacetate, and one of several adsorbents.IG Farben held the patent for this pesticide andowned 42.2 % shares of Degesch, the companywhich manufactured it.This pesticide is very famous in human historybecause of a certain usage on a mass scale.What “usage” is being talked about here?
  53. 53. Answer• Gas used in gas chambers by Nazis
  54. 54. 27. Connect2004 2005 2006, 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
  55. 55. Answer• ICC Player of the year
  56. 56. 28. Which tournament’s details are shown here?Year Winner Score Runners-Up1997 Brazil 6-0 Australia1999 Mexico 4-3 Brazil2001 France 1-0 Japan2003 France 1-0 Cameroon2005 Brazil 4-1 Argentina2009 Brazil 3-2 USA
  57. 57. Answer• Confederation cup
  58. 58. 29. The NATO phonetic alphabet is the most widelyused spelling alphabet. It assigns a telephony wordto each letter in the English alphabet so that wordscan be pronounced and understood without anyconfusion.X is a smooth progressive ballroom dance formcharacterized by long, continuous flowingmovements across the dance floor. It was inventedby Henry Fox in the United States in 1914.X is also the telephony code for the letter F in thestandard NATO phonetic alphabet. What is X?
  59. 59. Answer• Foxtrot
  60. 60. 30. A French harp or a blues harp is a free reedwind instrument used primarily in blues andAmerican folk music, jazz, country, and rock androll.The pressure caused by blowing or drawing air intothe reed chambers causes a reed or multiple reedsto vibrate creating sound. Each chamber hasmultiple, variable-tuned brass or bronze reeds,which are secured at one end only, leaving theother free to vibrate.Its various types include Chromatic, Diatonic,Tremolo, Orchestral, Chord and ChengGong. How do we better know this musical instrument?
  61. 61. Answer• Harmonica
  62. 62. REVERSE THE DIRECTION• The quiz will proceed in the reverse direction now• Infinite Bounce rules still persist• We will start with the team with the lowest total now (Irrespective of where the last question finished)
  63. 63. 31. Known as ‘Operation Al’, this militaryexercise conducted by the Japanese Navy on themorning of December 7, 1941 involved 353Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planesin two waves.The major aim of this exercise was to preventthe Pacific Fleet from interfering with Japaneseconquest of the Dutch East Indies and Malaya.The second aim was to buy time for Japan toconsolidate its position and increase its navalstrength. The exercise resulted in 2,896casualties including 2,117 deaths. How do we better know Operation Al?
  64. 64. Answer• Attack on Pearl harbor
  65. 65. 32. Which television show, whose name literallymeans a garland of pictures airs for half anhour every Friday on prime-time where thevideos of the latest film songs are televised? Itsthe longest-running film-based programme in TVhistory, having started in the 1960s.Lately, the show has started using SameLanguage Subtitling (SLS), where subtitles of thesongs lyrics scroll across the screen. The ideabehind SLS is to promote literacy, especially invillages.
  66. 66. Answer• Chitrahar
  67. 67. 33. Connect
  68. 68. Answer• Rooms in iRunway• Clockwise from top left – Orion, Athena, Tethys, Poseidon, Ulysses
  69. 69. 35. Originally published as, "Ten Little Niggers",this famous fiction novel was first published inthe UK by the Collins Crime Club on 6 November1939. The title was later changed to the currentmore famous version, because of the presenceof a racial epithet. The original title of the poemwas chosen because the plot of the novelparallels the old nursery rhyme, "Ten LittleNiggers".How do we better know this best-selling novelwhich has sold more than 100 million copies tilldate?
  70. 70. Answer• And then there were none
  71. 71. 36. Shown here is the logo a company that merged to form one of the biggest multinationals on the planet today. The current companylogo, very similar to one shown above, modeledafter a 15th century Norse woodcut, is amixoparthenos, or “twin-tailed mermaid, or siren”as she’s known in Greek mythology. The originallogo raised some controversies because it featuredthe siren with bare chest, which was covered laterwith flowing hair to hide the chest and her navel.Which company are we talking about?
  72. 72. Answer• Starbucks
  73. 73. 37. The name of this Americanmultinational IT giant came from the nameof the creek that ran behind the house ofthe founder John Warnock.He founded this company with CharlesGeschke, after leaving Xerox PARC in orderto develop and sell the PostScript pagedescription language.Which company are we talking about?
  74. 74. Answer• Adobe
  75. 75. 38. The following pictures relate to the names of thethree main characters from a famous Cartoon show.What is the name of this show? Character 2 Character 1 Character 3
  76. 76. Answer• Powerpuff girls• Bubbles, Blosson, Buttercup
  77. 77. 39. The following cricketers share a uniquedistinction in test cricket • Hugh Trumble • Jimmy Mathews • Wasim AkramThe following cricketers share the same uniquedistinction in ODI cricket • Lasith Malinga* • Saqlain Mushtaq • Chaminda Vaas • Wasim Akram What distinction are we talking about?
  78. 78. Answer• More than one hatricks (Everybody has two has except for Malinga who has three)
  79. 79. 40. What is this group collectively known as? (5marks if you can give me the concept and not thename)
  80. 80. Answer• Advance Guard• Resuced Harry Potter at start of HP 5
  81. 81. 41. Shown above is the picture of X, a Levantine Arab food dipmade from cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini,olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. It is popular throughoutthe Middle East and in Middle Eastern cuisine around theglobe.The name X comes from an Arabic word meaning “chickpeas”.The spelling of X in English can be inconsistent. What is X?
  82. 82. Answer• Humus
  83. 83. • 42. Originally the name of this software was chosen by an author just because it was a catchy name.• Soon enough, it was suggested that the name was indeed appropriate, because its founders got started by applying patches to code written for NCSAs httpd daemon.• The result was a software that was ‘patchy’ What are we talking about?
  84. 84. Answer• Apache server
  85. 85. 43. By what name doesGoogle call its newemployees, and evengives them propellerbeanie hats to wear attheir first TGIF?
  86. 86. Answer• Nooglers
  87. 87. 44. Identify the advertiser
  88. 88. Answer• Durex
  89. 89. 45. X is a working group of experts that wasformed by ISO and IEC to set standards for audioand video compression and transmission. It wasestablished in 1988 by the initiative of HiroshiYasuda and Leonardo Chiariglione.Xs official designation is ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29 WG11- Coding of moving pictures and audio (ISO/IECJoint Technical Committee 1, Subcommittee 29,Working Group 11). What is X?
  90. 90. Answer• MPEG
  91. 91. 47. A ___________ is a place where ticketsare sold to the public for admission to anevent. Patrons may perform the transactionat a countertop, through an unblocked holethrough a wall or window, or at a wicket.These days, the term is most popularly usedin another context - that of the film industry. Fill in the blanks
  92. 92. Answer• Box office
  93. 93. 48. Connect
  94. 94. Answer• Yojimbo was remade as A fistful of dollars• Yojimbo means Bodyguard
  95. 95. 49. The tuberose ( Polianthes tuberosa ) is aperennial plant related to the agaves, extracts ofwhich are used as a middle note in perfumery.Its common name in Hindi means “fragrant atnight” and was used as the title of an acclaimed1974 movie. Identify its Hindi name . (Visualfollows.)
  96. 96. Answer• Rajnigandha
  97. 97. 50. Which art form , tracing its origins towandering minstrels and storytellers, hasthree major schools: Benares, Jaipur andLucknow?A less prominent school, Raigarh, combinestechniques from the major schools.Originally, these performers entertainedaudiences in village squares and templecourtyards, by recounting mythological andmoral tales from the scriptures, andembellishing their recitals with handgestures and facial expressions.
  98. 98. Answer• Kathak
  99. 99. 51. The original purpose of this scientificdiscipline was data to be used bygovernmental and administrative bodies.The term, in the current sense, wasintroduced in German by GottfriedAchenwall in 1749. It was introduced intoEnglish in 1791 by Sir John Sinclair when hepublished the first of 21 volumes titled_____ Account of Scotland . What?
  100. 100. Answer• Statistics
  101. 101. 52. Connect
  102. 102. Answer• Kiran Bedi• She was IPS officer, won the Ramon Magasasay Award, hosted Aap ki Kachahri and did her PhD from IIT Delhi
  103. 103. 53. In Latin, it means “image” or“apparition”. The word was strictly used todesignate a ghostly optical afterimage byGoethe in his Theory of Colours andSchopenhauer in On Vision and Colours .From 17th century optics, it started gettingused in other contexts also. Identify this much-maligned term .
  104. 104. Answer• Spectrum
  105. 105. 54. Which revolutionary mathematician’s 410thbirthday is being commemorated by the GoogleDoodle shown below?
  106. 106. Answer• Fermat
  107. 107. 55. According to an apocryphal story, it owesits existence to a section of tightly packedseats behind the home plate at Fenway Park inBoston. These seats were so close togetherthat whenever a fan had to stand up to get abeer, everyone else in the row also had tostand. The fans in the next row, frustrated thatthey couldn’t see the game anymore, also gotup. This created a domino effect. It caughtworldwide attention in 1986. What phenomenon are we talking about?
  108. 108. Answer• Mexican Wave
  109. 109. 56. Once, Steve Waugh was reading his teamsbatting line up. The list went: Shane Lee, Ian Harvey,Brett Lee. What followed, gave Brett Lee hisnickname. What nickname did Steve Waugh giveBrett Lee and why?May be this guy can be of some help.
  110. 110. Answer• Oswald• Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK
  111. 111. 57. Formerly known as the Minnesota Miningand Manufacturing Company, this companyproduces more than 55,000 products, including:adhesives, abrasives, laminates, passive fireprotection, dental products, electronicmaterials, medical products, car care products ,electronic circuits and optical films.Two of its products which you might have usedmost are Magic Tape and Scotch Brite.Name this American multinational conglomerate
  112. 112. Answer• 3M
  113. 113. 58. Maurice Tillet is a French wrestler who suffered from aproblem called acromelagy which leads to uncontrolledbone growth. So, he basically grew into a disfigured giant.He was the inspiration behind one of the most famouscartoon characters of all time. Which cartoon character?
  114. 114. Answer• Shrek
  115. 115. 59. One of the theories suggests that this phrase originated fromearly radio commentaries of football matches by the BBC in theUnited Kingdom. The first live radio commentary featured aDivision One match between Arsenal and Sheffield United,broadcast on January 22, 1927. A grid of a football pitch dividedinto eight numbered squares had been printed in the previousweeks Radio Times so the commentator could describe theballs location.The phrase came into existence, whenever a game was restartedfrom a goal kick. Which phrase?
  116. 116. Answer• Back to square one
  117. 117. 60. Which Roman Catholic saint born in EasternFrance claimed divine guidance, led the Frencharmy to several important victories during theHundred Years War and paved the way for thecoronation of Charles VII?This saint was captured by the Burgundians, soldto the English, tried by an ecclesiastical court,and burned at the stake at the age of 19 - lateronly to be pronounced innocent and declared amartyr by Pope Callixtus III.
  118. 118. Answer• Joan of Arc